25 by 25…a Progress Report

I was trying to figure out when I last gave a progress report on the 25 by 25 and was absolutely horrified to realize that October 6th was like…several weeks ago.

List of people who do not know where this month went: Me.

I don’t know if I made  ton of progress last month or just didn’t really think about this month.  But checking anything off of The List counts and some months are going to be…wilder than others.

Right?  Right.

#11 – Give to the food shelf monthly

For the Yom Kippur food drive, we donated four bags of food.  Yes, it was sort-of meant to be catch-up because we didn’t give anything in September.

#16 – Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies when I want them

Ironically, my craving struck while we were in the middle of fasting on Yom Kippur.  But then it occurred to me that it would actually be kind of lovely to break the fast with my favorite cookie of all time.

So in addition to the biscotti and s’more bars, I actioned a batch of these as well.  I used the recipe out of How to Cook Everything and while they were cake-y and wonderful, they did not turn out the way that I was expecting.  Simply put, the consistency was a little bit off.

As a little side-effect of this goal?  Not only will I be baking these cookies whenever the urge strikes, I will also be searching for the perfect recipe.

#18 – Visit at least one new restaurant in the Twin Cities each month.

I was actually fairly impressed with our progress this month, considering the fact that I was out-of-town one weekend (doesn’t count) and two other weekends were monopolized by racing and not eating.

We discovered a lovely Asian take-out restaurant no more than a five-minute drive away in Gion’s.  It was very from-scratch and I suspect that we will be there again much sooner than later.  Especially if one of us comes down with a cold – the kind of stock they use in their wonton soup and pho is of the variety that is fortified with super powers.

I bit the bullet and dragged Marcus to the Sonora Grill at the Midtown Global Market for unplanned date-day.

And finally (it has been 13 years since I first saw it in the Taste section of the Star Tribune) Oceanaire.  We’re going there on Thursday night with Chaz and Katie for Restaurant Week!  I absolutely can’t wait.

When they invited us to come along I just knew it was A Sign.  Especially since I have been craving seafood in an alarming way since the beginning of October.  What a way to tame the beast.

What’s one restaurant that has been on your to-visit list forever?

Do you have a favorite Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe you would be willing to share?


12 responses to “25 by 25…a Progress Report

  1. I used to get to go to fun fancy restaurants for my sister’s work parties with her old job. That is how I got to Oceanaire. It was the only time I’ve been to a restaurant fancy enough for them to switch out your cloth napkin color based on the color of your pants/skirt.

  2. Well aren’t you quite the little baker! The cookies look fab. Might I say baking those cookies whenever you want was A Very Good Goal.

  3. It’s been awhile since a list:
    1. Yay, yay, YAY!! for #11. Keep payin’ it forward, Sister!
    2. Your cookie vessel is adorable.
    3. I also want the perfect oatmeal chocolate chip recipe. Been working on one. We need to collaborate.

  4. I’m going to be there Thurs too!

  5. #Love your list. I am so boring with restaurants – I HARDLY go anywhere. Lame.

  6. Okay, these aren’t oatmeal chocolate chip, but old fashion chocolate chip. Everyone I makes these for goes wild! One of my friends calls them my “crack cookies” as a testament to their addictive qualities:

  7. I love the idea of 25 by 25, especially because my next birthday is my 24th, so I could do something like this!

  8. I think you should try the oatmeal cookie recipe I guest-posted on Mads blog a while back. The oatmeal and cinnamon would be great with chocolate chips added. If you’re not a fan of cinnamon in your oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, just leave it out. Problem solved. And I don’t know what it is, but I’ve been craving seafood lately, too. I would kill for a big honkin’ lobster smothered in crab or shrimp. Cream sauce or melted butter – either will do!

  9. Yum, those cookies look delish. What a nice goal, baking cookies when you want them. I’d probably abuse that, and make them all of the time.
    Since I’ve moved to Eugene, there’s a place I’ve really wanted to go to called Off the Waffle. They make a special type of waffle from some European country that has these little sugar crystals in them. They melt in the waffles, making them all sugary and buttery and delicious. I’m drooling just thinking about it.

  10. Honestly, one of my favorite cookie recipes is on the lid of the Quaker Oats barrel. Obviously I use chocolate chips instead of raisins.
    Oh, and yes, try NanaBread’s recipe she posted on my blog.

  11. This is Laura’s sister. I went Oceannaire for Restaurant Week this summer and we had a fantastic meal! Restaurant Week is such fun.

  12. I want your cookies, please. (In hopes that asking nicely will make you magically send them through the internet).

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